(In this “column”, anything goes as long as it has to do with a song.)
Three Songs Every Songwriter Needs
It has become clear to me, to be a songwriter of any lasting success, it would behoove me to write 1.) a “summer” song, 2.) a Christmas/Holiday song, and 3.) a “coffee” song.
Recently, I have written a song about summer love titled, “You Should Know”, slated to be on the upcoming album. I dream it will become a song played every time it gets hot or at the beginning of every summer, like “Summer in the City
”, performed by The Lovin’ Spoonful; written by Mark -not John- Sebastian and Steve Boone.
You should know I’ve loved no better
Than in these summer nights with you
You have taken all that matters
Turned it into something new. And it’s you.
Christmas songs have been tough. My ideas of Christmas can be quite complex and often get off the track for that genre. But I have found the holiday or Christmas “spirit” lives in a large number of my uncompleted songs. Songs with well-defined chord structure and melody, plenty of emotion and life, but unfortunately, no appropriate, lasting lyrics. I believe these are my “Christmas” songs. They have become my next project. The trick will be to find the lyrics, to keep them simple and memorable-- lasting.
The coffee song, the one that will be played in every coffee shop in the country, has not yet been conceived.
Happy New Year